Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg faced calls for his resignation today after Liberal Democrats were decimated in elections across England, Scotland and Wales.Ousted Nottingham City Council Lib Dem leader Gary Long said Mr Clegg should "resign immediately." Lib Dem leader on Chorley Council Ken Ball declared that Mr Clegg had "let the party down." Amongst the hundreds of lost Lib Dem seats, the party surrendered control to Labour in Hull, Stockport and Mr Clegg's own home turf in Sheffield.
Labour leader Ed Miliband said: "What you have seen is voters sending a clear message to this government and the Liberal Democrats in particular. "People have said: 'This is not what we voted for at the last general election.' I think the right thing to do is to listen to what people are saying." Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn warned his party that it needed to completely shake off the new Labour mantra if it is serious about regaining the public's trust. "The Lib Dems are reaping the whirlwind of their own creation by forming an alliance with the Tories, backing a rise in tuition fees and supporting cuts to benefits and jobs that will destroy families and livelihoods." Adding that the almost total wipe-out of the BNP at a time when Britain is suffering economic decline would be seen as one of the biggest success stories in the fight against racism.
The BNP lost all of its five seats in its stronghold of Stoke-on-Trent giving Labour overall control of the city council for the first time in seven years.